Mikhail Bugaev received his Doctorate at Michigan State University where he studied with Professor Yuri Gandelsman. Prior to his study in the United States, Mikhail was a member of Novosibirsk State Academic Orchestra and Novosibirsk Kamerata. Dr. Bugaev obtained his Masters and Bachelors degree from Novosibirsk State Conservatoire, where he was a student of Pr. Yuri Mazchenko. Mikhail received first prize at Novosibirsk State Conservatory Competition in 2000, second prize Russia's International Young Artist Competition in 2001(Krasnoyarsk, Russia); he was a winner of the Concerto Competition at MSU in 2011. Dr. Bugaev is playing at Flint Symphony Orchestra since 2011, and he also holds assistant principal positions at West Michigan Symphony, Traverse Symphony; section viola positions at Lansing, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. Mikhail performed as a soloist with Novosibirsk Academic Orchestra, Novosibirsk Kamerata, MSU Symphony, and MSU Philharmonic orchestras. As a chamber musician, Mikhail participated at Music Mountain Festival in Connecticut with St. Petersburg Quartet, at Cello Plus Festival at MSU, performed at the Lansing Symphony Chamber Series Concerts as a member of Armonia String Quartet and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty concerts where he teaches in summer. Mikhail's wife Valentina is a viola player as well, and they enjoy playing together as a duo.